A city in colour

In Caltagirone, traditional pottery production is linked to a thousand-year-old history dating back to ancient times.
According to the Italian archaeologist Paolo Orsi the production of maiolica preceded the arrival of the Arabs, but we know for sure that their arrival in the 9th century increased production, thanks to the introduction of a new technique – glazing – which made the pottery waterproof and more resistant.
A few centuries later, during the Spanish rule of Alfonso of Aragon, pottery trade had greatly developed and allowed artisans to sell their ceramics all over the island.
Unfortunately, the earthquake of 1693 interrupted the potters’ activity and destroyed many of the floors made with the maiolica of Caltagirone.
Today some of the fragments are preserved in the Museum of Ceramics.
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After the earthquake, decorative motifs were replaced in order to make trade flourish again. In the 19th century, however, with the introduction of cement, the production of maiolica stopped.
The potters’ centuries-old activity ended when the last master potters disappeared in the 1930s.
In 1918 Don Luigi Sturzo founded the Istituto d’Arte della Ceramica (Institute of Ceramic Art) and saved a tradition that seemed destined to be lost. In 1965 the Museum of Ceramics was inaugurated, a safe place that preserved and protected a priceless cultural heritage.
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The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

New roads for Catania

A feast only for Scicli

The theatre of taste

A symbol for the town

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

From the contrast of the exterior to the internal jubilation of colours

A majestic and luminous church

Freedom of worship and the role of the Catholic Church in the diffusion of Baroque

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Church of San Giuliano (St. Julian) on Via dei Crociferi: reconstruction

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Many owners, one palace

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Some masterpieces

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The interior and its masterpieces

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A new site for a new church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Searching for colour

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the church of Santa Maria del Carmelo

A museum to save a tradition

The chocolate of Modica

One city, three sites

A miniature city

An eagle-shaped city

The colours of the cathedral

Between white and black

The internal colours

A square as the heart of the city

Norman apses

A talking palace

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giovanni Battista

Feasting in Palazzolo

A colourful floor

Wonderful quick decorations

The Baroque town by the sea

A city in colour

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell the story of the Badia di Sant’Agata

Discovering the mother church

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A hall for the feasts

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Staircase of Angels

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Maiolica of the staircase

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The city of museums

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A new site for a new city

A prominent church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and San NicoIò l’Arena

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

One city, two sites

Some prestigious works

A half-Baroque church

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The two churches

The role of the religious orders in rebuilding the Val di Noto

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Feast days

The wall comes to life

The senses tell the story of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The church of Carmine

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell the Mother Church of San Nicolò and of the Santissimo Salvatore

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giuliano ai Crociferi

Prominent façade

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A small room with a golden entrance

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista

A long reconstruction

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A triumph of colour

The disastrous earthquake

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph